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drillpress iwould like to restore someday

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#1 posted 956 days ago

I think that was used to build ships or barns.

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#2 posted 956 days ago

I believe that was used for drilling the mortise in post and beams construction.

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#3 posted 956 days ago

Ive heard this type refered to as a”post drill”. Would love to see it restored…. ;)

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#4 posted 956 days ago

It’s often called a boring machine and was used to hog out the mortices on post and beam buildings. To use it, you would lay it on the beam, line it up, then sit on the “wings” of the base to hold it down while you cranked it.

Roy Underhill demonstrated one on his show once.


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#5 posted 956 days ago

What an incredibly interesting boring machine :D

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#6 posted 956 days ago

I have one exactly like it. I found it at an auction about 15 years ago up in MN. I think I paid about $35 for it. It is in perfect condition with little or no rust and a nice patina on the wood.

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#7 posted 955 days ago

That is one cool tool! Restore it sooner than later. Good luck!

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